Camacho, as he was popularly known on campus, was a very smart and driven young man. He was very analytical and expressed his views liberally, however divergent from mainstream they seemed, to elicit meaningful discussions. Members of Unity Hall (his residence hall in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) might remember him as a regular at “Always Around” who voiced his opinions on pressing issues.
As a classmate, I fondly remember a question Kojo Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie asked during a lecture which earned him the nickname ‘Oheneba’. The name stemmed from a narration of a story by our lecturer (Mr Y N Acheampong) in response to his question to assure him a royal doesn’t rush out to meet a display already bound for the palace, and that his question was lined up to be treated later. That was Camacho exhibiting what he was known for – his smart and thought-provoking abilities.
Camacho was an affable gentleman with a very outgoing personality. He featured prominently in the Unity Hall cadet, Contimog, and I believe was one of its commanding officers at the time (stand to be corrected here). I remember the passion with which he attended to his cadet duties and how he couldn’t wait to get ready for his parades soon after class.
He left our class in the late 1990s in pursuit of further opportunities abroad. Our paths never crossed again till I read of the tragic end of a life booming with great untapped potential and dreams unfulfilled. By unnatural means, this sad ending to Camacho’s life epitomizes Thomas Gray’s words in “Elegy Written in a Country’s Churchyard”:
Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness in the desert air.
Considering the title of the poem, my heart aches to remember a church dumpster was an integral part of the bizarre end of his life as reported. As we mourn the loss of a dear brother, friend and great intellectual, our hearts go out to his family.
May his soul rest in peace!
Dr Reynolds Agyare-Frimpong
(on behalf of Chemical Engineering Class of 1999, KNUST)